Youth has been served at RFK Stadium
Conor Doyle scored the game-winning goal and unselfishly provided the assist for the insurance goal in D.C. United’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact tonight at soggy RFK Stadium. United won for only the third time this season and it was a trio or recent acquisitions that pushed all the buttons tonight. Luis Silva (above – Photo: Chris Bannon) scored the opener in the 19th minute and jumped to the team lead with 3 goals from his 3 matches with United. Chris Pontius was the last United player to score in three straight matches when he did it just over a year ago.
After an equalizing goal Jeb Brovsky from the Impact at the start of the second half, it was substitute Conor Doyle that made the difference in the match. Just minutes after entering for captain Dwayne De Rosario, Doyle made a near post run deep in the penalty area in the 68th minute and met James Riley’s cross perfectly and touched it between the legs of former United goalkeeper Troy Perkins to give United a rare second-half lead. With the Impact throwing numbers forward, United sealed the match in stoppage time when debutant Collin Martin fed Doyle on a long solo run with no from Montreal in sight. With Perkins bearing down on him, Doyle pushed a pass into the path of Jared Jeffrey who slotted into the open net to seal United’s most impressive win of the season.
The go-ahead goal from Doyle marked the first time this season that a United substitute had scored a goal and the final margin of victory was the first time United had held a two-goal lead at any point. The night couldn’t have worked out any better for head coach Ben Olsen. Olsen took off his three most influential players in De Rosario (64th minute), Silva (69th minute) and Nick DeLeon (76th minute) with an eye on their Wednesday night U.S. Open Cup semi-final match up at the Chicago Fire. Their substitutes were Doyle, Sainey Nyassi and Martin respectively and all three played a major part in extending what was then a tied match at the time of De Rosario’s substitution.
Unite will now hope to carry the confidence of their best performance of a dismal season into Toyota Park next Wednesday evening. The match will kick off at 8:30pm EST and will be streamed live at www.dcunited.com
United will return to league action next Saturday night in Philadelphia to take on the Union at PPL Park.
- United may have made MLS history tonight when they had four Homegrown Players listed on their bench on their 18-man roster. Bill Hamid, Ethan White, Conor Shanosky and Collin Martin made the game-day squad
- Chris Pontius, John Thorrington (rested for Open Cup match), Carlos Ruiz and Casey Townsend were the major first team players that were left off the roster tonight. Lionard Pajoy will be out for about 6 weeks after hernia surgery earlier this week